• Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    HISD School Closings: Would You Feel Better If They Called Them Repurposings?

    Today's 9th, 10th and 11th grade students at Jones High School could be allowed to finish out their high school careers at the school targeted for closure, if trustees adopt one of several options tossed around in a lengthy Houston ISD board workshop Thursday. Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Flux TV Aims to Stream Houston Acts to the World

    Last month Studio713 and Regressive Records unveiled their latest project, Flux TV, with a launch party and screening held at River Oaks Theatre. Now the Flux TV iPhone app is set for release on the Apple's iTunes Store tomorrow. "Since the studio's inception three or four years ago, we've released ... More >>

  • Film

    January 16, 2014
  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Does Anyone Prefer Gmail E-Mail Threads? I Thought Not

    Since e-mail began, it was always sorted the same way. Every e-mail received ended up in an inbox including replies, forwards and everything else. Google has attempted to change all that by sorting emails in the form of a conversation thread. The idea is to make e-mail more like a text message conve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Uber Attempting to Bring On-Demand Car Service (and Ice Cream) to Houston

    When trying to find rates on car services to go to and from a hotel for a wedding recently, I learned something: having a car service is not dramatically more expensive than a taxi. The problem is that getting a service is not nearly as easy hailing a cab. Uber, an app for iPhone and Android, means ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 30, 2013

    Relentless Sun: The Images of Clarissa Tossin

    Brazilian artist Clarissa Tossin explores poverty with images of heat and earth.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    App of the Week: What Is the Deal with Vine Anyway?

    If you don't follow social media closely (hey, good for you!), you may be wondering what the hell a Vine is and why it has been in the news lately? Good question. Vine is another free social media app for smartphones built to share super short videos in much the same way Instagram shares videos but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Waze, Echofon, Chrome: My 12 Favorite Apps of 2012

    It's been a crazy year in apps. Apple released the iPhone 6, complete with larger screen and new OS, as well as the iPad mini, aka Jumbo iPhone. There were scores of updates from manufacturers and, as usual, thousands of new apps on the market. I wrote about my favorite 10 apps of 2011 last year ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Google Discontinues Free Version of Google Apps for Business

    Most people could care less about Gmail outside of the free e-mail accounts so many of us use on a daily basis, but one of the best kept secrets of Gmail was the fact that Google provided a free version of its Google Apps for business that allowed small businesses to create up to seven users under a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    App of the Week: AroundMe Points You in the Right Direction

    App: AroundMe Platform: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile Website: Cost: Free (with ads), $2.99 (without) One of the most usable features of any smartphone is its mapping technology. In essence, the smartphone is a simplified GPS tracker and because of Google's open mapping technology ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Dave Wrangler, Part 2: "I Still Do Some Sampling"

    Earlier this morning, Houston DJ Dave Wrangler was kind enough to explain to Rocks Off the difference between a mashup and a remix, as well as his procedure in constructing Frankenstein-like songs such as ""Wanna Be a Big Poppa," which combines the efforts of Lil Troy and Notorious B.I.G. Into a thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    The Food Lover's Guide to Paris has Gone High Tech: There's an App for That

    The indispensable guidebook to Paris by French food authority Patricia Wells is The Food Lover's Guide to Paris. Wells knows exactly where to find the flakiest croissants, the essential bistros, the most knowledgeable wine merchants, the richest, darkest chocolates, the most sublime cheeses, the ear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Facebook: There Are Too Many Apps for That

    Mark Zuckerberg and his minions team at Facebook have never been ones to follow the trends, and that, in some ways, has led to the unprecedented success they have had since the monolithic social network came online. But as their bottom line has increased, they have often confused the living hell out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    App of the Week: Socialcam, New Scourge of Facebook

    App: Socialcam Platform: iPhone, Android Website: Cost: Free Most of the time, this column is dedicated to actual apps that go on smartphones and while this is an app, it's also something else, but I'll hit the app part first for the purposes of being thorough. Socialcam has position ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    App of the Week: No-Wait Checkouts with the Apple Store App

    App: Apple Store Platform: iPhone Website: Apple Store App Cost: Free For years I've used the self-checkout lanes at grocery stores. Years ago I was a checker at a Kroger, and I find that I'm often as fast if not faster than the checkout person -- unless I have produce -- and the line certainly mov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Google Earth's New "Ballparks of America" Video Can't Be Bothered To Get The Mets' Stadium Name Right

    Google Earth is celebrating the return of the baseball season with a swooping bird's-eye view of the country's ballparks. The video zooms you in and out of cities coast-to-coast, including the Astros' Minute Maid Park. And, of course, the New York Mets' semi-new Shea Stadium. Not the Shea Stadium ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    App of the Week: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo App

    App: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Platform: iPhone, Android Website: Apple Store, Android Store Cost: Free One of the growing trends in app development is the use of location-based apps for very specific events. It started with large concerts like Austin City Limits and spread to big conference ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Internet Explorer Fans Bite Back

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Five Reasons You Should Quit Using Internet Explorer

    For more than ten years, I've been assisting companies in building and maintaining their Web sites and Web applications. There are lots of things that can be frustrating about this process, most of which have to do with a lack of knowledge on the part of my clients, which is not entirely their fault ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    App of the Week: WeatherBug Elite

    ​App: App Shopper Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows, Palm Web site: WeatherBug Website Cost: $0.99 People who know me know I'm a weather nerd. I love reading about it and talking about high pressure areas, cold fronts, hurricanes and the like. The doppler radar plays a pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Angry Birds, Shazam & Evernote: My 10 Favorite Apps of 2011

    Evernote. Get it.​I buy a lot of apps for my iPhone; too many, really. Some are just to review. Others are for actual use, some even every day. But, truth is, there are more on my phone than I can reasonably be expected to use on a regular basis, but I like them all...mostly, and I do use them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Best Of... App Gets a High-Five From iTunes

    ​It's the end of the year, which means lots of best-of lists, and we're happy to announce that our own Best Of... app made the iTunes 2011 Rewind's list off best travel apps. The app, which was released in March, contains all of the Best of Houston winners, as well as winners from our sister ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    The Nine Best Mobile Apps for Fantasy Football Enthusiasts, Ranked

    Foster may hate you, but he was still #1 on your draft board this year​Thursday night marks the opening of the NFL season and fantasy nuts are gearing up with Red Bull, nachos, paid NFL television subscriptions and, you guessed it, technology. While I am not in a fantasy league (I have been a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    App of the Week: Pageonce, Organizing Your Finances So You Don't Have To

    Track all your money and bills using Pageonce.​App: Pageonce Platforms: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Web site: Cost: Free (ad supported), $12.99 (pro version) - monthly and annual subscriptions also available I will fully admit that I have struggled at times to keep t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    The Best Barbecue in Texas: There's an App for That

    ​This week, Texas Monthly unveiled a new website and an application for the iPhone that claims to help you "discover, discuss and debate the best BBQ joints in Texas -- and worldwide." Whoa, worldwide? Let's just take this one step at at time, Texas Monthly, and let's see how the app shakes o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    App of the Week: Three Hurricane Tracking Apps Just in Time for Hurricane Season

    Hurricane is about as good as it gets for tracking storms on your phone.​App: Hurricane Platforms: iPhone Web site: Apple Link Cost: $3.99 App: iHurricane HD Platforms: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile Web site: Download Link Cost: $2.99 App: Hurricane Tracker Platforms: iPhone Web ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    App of the Week: MySocialMania

    It doesn't get much easier than this.​App: MySocialMania Platforms: iPhone Web site: Apple Link Cost: $0.99 Mania seems to be an appropriate word when discussing the crazed use of social media by millions worldwide. From Twitter to Facebook to Flickr to MySpace (God help us), millions of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Goose Creek ISD Can Get All Gay: ACLU Succeeds in Ending Web-Filtering of GLBT Content

    Overzealous filtering ends in Goose Creek.​Last month we told you how Baytown's Goose Creek school district was one of four nationwide targeted by the American Civil Liberties Union in a complaint over blocking gay-related material from school computers. One Goose Creek student trying to rese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    App of the Week: Four Apps to Ease Your Summer Airline Travel

    Use these apps to help you survive summer travel and keep your face intact.​App: FlightTrack Platforms: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm Web site: Cost: $3.99 (Pro for $9.99) App: FlightBoard Platforms: iPhone, Android Web site: Cost: $3.99 App: Skyscanner P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Video Poker Edition

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    App of the Week: How Evernote Organized My Life

    Organize your notes and your life with Evernote.​App: Evernote Platforms: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm, desktop apps also available for Mac and PC Web site: Cost: Free ($5 monthly or $45 annually for premium service) I'm a note taker. Over the years, my desk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    There's an App for That: SeamlessWeb Takes Aim at Food Delivery

    A list of available restaurants in the 77027 area code.​For those with a love of food and obsession with their smart phones, these are amazing times. There are apps that give iPhone and Android users all sorts of options when it comes to food, from finding happy hours to ranking restaurants. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Say Vanderland Industries! IAH Gets New Baggage Handling System

    The new baggage handling system at IAH is real, and it's spectacular.​With pat downs and body scans and full cavity searches (we're pretty sure those are all real), it seems like airports are taking our safety pretty damn seriously. Sure, it's an inconvenience and there's a chance naked manneq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Outsmarted By Your Smartphone? T-Mobile Wants To Help

    Photo by Flickr user tomsunThese are not the Droid apps you are looking for.​What's so great about the holidays? You never wear those horrendous sweaters from Grandma, all the money you get burns a hole in your pocket, and you forget to use all of your gift cards, which eventually expire. Don' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Presenting... Theremin Hero!

    Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos deemed worthy to share. If you have something you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to ​You're thinking, "It's a joke or a parody or a trick," but you are so, so wrong. Grieg Stewart has act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Welcome To Glitchville. Population: Us

    There have been some troubles with the blogging software throughout the massive Village Voice Media empire, so we haven't been able to post.We're confident the problem has been solved, and we'll be able to get back to doing whatever the hell it is we do.Thanks for the patience, even if you didn't re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    The Continuing Follies of AutoTune

    For the past six months, the music business has been aghast and/or enthralled with the AutoTune craze. There seems to be no stopping the phenomenon, which is now crawling into the public's brain at an alarming rate. No one seems to be immune to the 'Tune, with rappers Lil' Wayne and T-Pain seemingl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Texas Gets Into The Gaming Industry

    News flash -- Texas is getting into the gaming industry!!!Unfortunately for poker junkies, we're not using "gaming" in the euphemistic sense that gambling boosters use it. Instead it's in the video-gaming sense, of young people wasting and warping their lives by holing up in darkened rooms playing f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Photoshop Phun At The Baylor College Of Medicine

    The wonders of Photoshop are bountiful -- they let Sooner football fans taunt UT; they allow people to make bold, trenchant analysis of the current socio-political world by showing George Bush in his "Mission Accomplished" flightsuit in unlikely settings; they probably have something to do with lolc ... More >>

  • Music

    May 29, 2008

    The Science of Pop

    Do we really need a formula for perfect music?

  • Calendar

    April 13, 2006
  • News

    December 22, 2005

    Cyber Sunday

    It's not just for geeks anymore. Fantasy football's gone mainstream.

  • News

    May 17, 2001

    HISD's $2 Million Man

    A shadowy California consultant rakes in school district cash

  • Music

    August 24, 2000

    Laptop Liberaces

    Trax in Space adds another dimension to the music galaxy

  • News

    May 18, 2000

    All's Dell

    So long to slackers and laid-back lifestyles. Now that cash-rich techies have taken over, can Austin survive the great digital divide?

  • News

    May 6, 1999

    State of the Art

    Compaq, then and now

  • News

    March 11, 1999

    Contributing Factors

    Debra Danburg swears she'll defend your right to open government. But when it comes to Internet campaign finance reports, ignorance is bliss.

  • Culture

    July 31, 1997

    Computer Terror

    Duane Franklet programs a cyberthriller into Houston

  • News

    June 26, 1997

    Besieged by the Bay

    Beset by skyrocketing tax assessments and wary of encroaching development, property owners in San Leon-Bacliff wonder if their "poor man's Riviera" may soon go the way of other waterfront zones along Galveston Bay.

  • News

    June 6, 1996

    The Passionate Pilgrim

    He owns a baseball team, he's spent millions to wipe out a devastating Third World disease, and now he's out to save pro football for Houston. But what does John Jay Moores really want?

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